Have you always wanted to:
Work in a rural low income, low resource setting, as part of a supportive, multi-disciplinary team.
Share your knowledge and skills with colleagues from other countries and learn about healthcare in a developing country
Provide training and capacity building to community healthcare workers, teachers and parents about communication?
Then read on.....
Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) is a registered, not for profit organisation in Western Uganda working to create equal opportunities for children with disabilities through the provision of physical, occupational and speech therapy, and orthopaedic splinting and casting in their daily outpatient clinic and though community-based rehabilitation to individual homes, schools and local health centres.
KCDC is the only centre in Western Uganda providing these essential services and demand is growing daily. Since opening in late 2014, KCDC has assessed and provided therapy to over 930 children with disabilities, many of whom have cerebral palsy, developmental delay or Downs syndrome. It is run by a British physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children with disabilities, and a team of 9 Ugandan health professionals. KCDC provides accessible and affordable rehabilitation solutions to families most in need.
In addition, KCDC educates caregivers, teachers, healthcare and community workers through seminars and workshops, to break down the stigma and discrimination towards children with disabilities and strengthen knowledge and skills in the identification, management and support needed by the whole family.
Does that sound like an amazing experience?? Add to that a wonderful, friendly team of British and Ugandan therapists, in-country support and supervision, the opportunity to explore a beautiful part of the world, with the Rwenzori Mountains, crater lakes, Chimpanzee tracking and Queen Elizabeth National Park all within 2 hours drive of the centre.
If you are looking for an opportunity to develop your speech and language skills, learn about different cultures and lifestyles and really make an impact then look no further.
A minimum of 4 weeks is recommended for this opportunity, and longer-term opportunities are available
This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:
- Problem solving/Creativity
Training will be provided by the organisation for this position:
You will receive training and mentoring prior to departure and in-country support and supervision by our local therapists. Support for language translation will also be given.
The organisation has indicated the following requirements from volunteers who want to take this opportunity.
Essential: hard-working, team player, enthusiasm and adventure
Desirable: experience working with children with disabilities,